Private Sales



Selling privately offers you the flexibility to discreetly buy and sell works of art aside from the auction calendar. Whether it be fine jewellery, decorative arts or paintings our range of specialists are here to help value, source and sell works on your behalf and connect you with the right people worldwide at a pace this is suitable to your needs.

Our alliance with America’s oldest auction house, Freeman’s of Philadelphia, expands the reach into the international market, boosting sales potential in the US market, whilst still maintaining one of the company's joint core values: one-to-one client service.



 Frequently Asked Questions


Learn more about how to  buy and sell privately with our FAQ guide:

In comparison to public auction, private sales offer a confidential sale where art work is not exposed to the wider market. Lyon & Turnbull would work on your behalf to broker a deal at an agreed price between buyer and seller, using our highly experienced specialists and their networks.

Private sales have the potential, if considerately priced, to enable an immediate sale and can give the consignor much more control over the process.

On being contacted our specialists would carefully value your art work using their knowledge and expertise, taking into account comparative works, valuing it with a price range which takes into account the individual circumstances and needs of the buyer.

Our specialists would be looking to work directly and confidentially one-on-one with buyer and seller to discretely negotiate a deal to both party’s satisfaction for your unique works of art over a limited amount of time.

Confidentiality is at the forefront of every transaction with Lyon & Turnbull and we would not divulge the buyer/seller without the express permission of those parties involved.

You would be welcome to approach Philip Smith for London & South and Gavin Strang for Scotland, or depending on the category the relevant head of department at Lyon & Turnbull. Visit our specialist directory below:

The Specialist Directory

Private sales have the advantage of working at your own pace, and we will do our utmost to work to your needs. However, there is no set time period, but we will keep you well informed at each stage of the process.

As a seller should you consign work for private sale, we would ask for an agreement defining Lyon & Turnbull’s right to offer the work exclusively to buyers for a limited period so that the work does not become over-exposed on the market. Timings can vary depending on the desirability of the art work in the market.

We offer a complimentary valuation service with no initial commitment for works you are considering selling in a private sale. Simply send through images and information of the items you are considering selling privately and we will forward it to the relevant specialist at Lyon & Turnbull who would evaluate your item(s) and get in touch.





Feature | An International Sale

The extremely rare and beautiful panel was embroidered in Istanbul during the latter part of the 16th Century. This type of embroidery can be seen on several different types of material, including a variety of coloured silks and even leather. This example is possibly unique, the embroiderer having used an early 16th Century Italian silk velvet as the ground. Such velvets were highly treasured all over the Mediterranean for their colour and texture and the particular piece of burgundy red velvet used here is the finest and most sumptuous quality. This may be the only instance of a European textile having been used as the ground for Turkish embroidery.

The pattern is the Chintamani design of three balls which was one of the most popular designs of the Ottoman Court in the 16th Century. Another embroidered Chintamani design panel on velvet is in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, and was exhibited at the travelling exhibition ‘The Age of Sultan Suleyman The Magnificent.'

This piece is now part of an American museum collection, a private sale coordinated by our Private Sales team on behalf of a British collector.


Feature | Lost View of Landshut

Our specialists discovered a lost masterpiece by the Bavarian artist Hans Wertinger on a routine valuation. The view of Landshut town square was one of a series entitled 'The Months of Year', commissioned by Duke Ludwig X of Bavaria, that was thought to have arrived in Scotland in the 19th century. 

It comes from a cycle of The Months of the Year painted between 1516 and 1525 by Wertinger for Duke Ludwig X of Bavaria. Ludwig’s father Duke Albrecht IV (1447-1508) having won the Landshut War of Succession – thus restoring the unity of Bavaria after 250 years – had decreed the right to govern would pass to his first born son Wilhelm IV (1493-1550). But by 1514 Ludwig had forced his elder brother to give him an equal share in government as co-regent. So whilst Wilhelm ruled in Munich, Ludwig ruled in Landshut. Once reconciled, the two brothers’ mutual objective was to make Bavaria stronger and to vigorously defend the Catholic faith. Ludwig X, a man of considerable erudition and a great patron of the arts, turned the court of Landshut into a centre of humanist learning and culture. He built one of the the finest examples of Italian Renaissance castle architecture north of the Alps, filling it with works of art, paintings and frescos by artists and sculptors he brought to his court from all over Europe.

With the assistance of our Old Master specialists, the missing panel has since been reaccessioned by private sale into the collection of the Bavarian state.


Contact Our Private Sales Team 


For further information and confidential advice 

Gavin Strang | Lyon & Turnbull


EDINBURGH | 0131 557 8844



EDINBURGH | 0131 557 8844


Philip Smith | Lyon & Turnbull


LONDON | 0207 930 9115


Private Art Collections


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